11 Facts About David Merrick


David Merrick later revealed that he had conceived the ad several years previously, but had not been able to execute it until Brooks Atkinson retired as The New York Times theater critic in 1960 since he could not find anyone with the same name.


David Merrick worked with director and choreographer Gower Champion, who directed Merrick's production of 42nd Street.


David Merrick suffered a stroke in 1983, after which he spent most of his time in a wheelchair.


David Merrick established the David Merrick Arts Foundation in 1998 to support the development of American musicals.


David Merrick's second wife, Jeanne Gibson, was a Kentucky-born Broadway press agent.


David Merrick became pregnant in 1962, while Merrick was still married to Beck.


Gibson and David Merrick were married from spring 1963 until October 1966.


On July 1,1982, David Merrick married actor Karen Prunczik, who originated the role of Anytime Annie and filled in for a week playing the lead character Peggy Sawyer in David Merrick's 42nd Street.


David Merrick met Natalie Lloyd was born on Natalie Ting Teresa in Shanghai in 1954 and in the late 1980s when she was working as a receptionist in the office of William Goodstein, David Merrick's lawyer.


In 1965, David Merrick received the Golden Plate Award of the American Academy of Achievement.


In 2001, David Merrick was inducted into the St Louis Walk of Fame.